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rain shadow

n.
An area having relatively little precipitation due to the effect of a barrier, such as a mountain range, that causes the prevailing winds to lose their moisture before reaching it.

rain shadow

n
(Physical Geography) the relatively dry area on the leeward side of high ground in the path of rain-bearing winds
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Noun1.rain shadow - an area that has little precipitation because some barrier causes the winds to lose their moisture before reaching it
area, country - a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography); "it was a mountainous area"; "Bible country"
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All reflect their moments in time, proving that human nature does not change in this land of rain shadow.
A rain shadow effect provided by Baranof Island, which hosts the highest mountain in the Alexander Archipelago, ensures that the Hood Bay area receives only a fraction of the precipitation experienced by Sitka or Juneau.
The vines are planted in the rain shadow of the Andes where the summit nearly scrapes earth's ceiling.
This, the leeward Kona side of Hawaii, is in the rain shadow of Mauna Loa and receives far less precipitation than the windward side, although conditions here are often overcast or foggy, which is why the area is famed for growing coffee.
Being in the rain shadow of the Annapurna Range and protected from the monsoons, Upper Mustang has a very short wet season and has the benefit of clear skies for most of the year.
Very much as the Pennines act as a rain shadow I suspect any economic benefit enjoyed by Birmingham, Leeds etc will dissipate itself fairly lightly on this side of Britain.
The western side, in contrast, is nearly a desert because it sits in a rain shadow cast by the mountain peak.
While some regions received moderate showers, certain perennially rain shadow blocks still remain dry.
When planting next to shrubs or trees, put the planting hole outside the rain shadow of the shrub or tree and use the canes to train the plant into the shrub or tree.
It also creates a sober geologic reality known as a rain shadow, tripping all the clouds on their eastward journey and inadvertently creating the most arid state in the country, Nevada.
Brooding skies in the Pennine rain shadow have inspired artists from LS Lowry to Joy Division.
However it also boasts a relatively small but long established wine industry mainly in the Columbia Valley which lies in the sunny, semi-arid rain shadow of the Rockies.